Saturday, November 05, 2005

More Rioting

"By 1 a.m., a spokesman for the national police reported 11 vehicles torched in the capital, and 546 vehicles burnt overall during the 10th straight night of rioting. Totals are expected to rise by morning... Triggered by the deaths of two teenagers who were electrocuted while fleeing from police, the unrest has taken on unprecedented scope and intensity. The violence hit far-flung corners of France on Saturday, from Rouen in Normandy to Bordeaux in the southwest to Strasbourg near the German border, but the Paris region has borne the brunt."

At the very beginning, I found this almost funny because of the Parisians view of themselves as so much more "cultured" than we Americans.

But this is hardly funny - it's an outrage. Like the race riots in Toledo,these rioters need to know: they are fighting against themselves and they are proving more eloquently than words, that they truly are, as Nicolas Sarkozy said, "scum".